Sun Mural

Unveiling Date

: June 2011


: Maple Ridge Leisure Centre Entrance - 11925 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, BC. In spring 2015, the mural was returned to Samuel Robertson Technical for permanent display.

Materials Used

: Paper-Clay
After choosing a particular sun image to work from, the students created paintings of their designs, and then applied their visions to individual clay tiles. The tiles were fired, and then colour added by first painting the tiles black and then applying a series of wax rubs, followed by clear varnish.

Artist: Louise Ducharme’s Grade 12 Art Class

Samuel Robertson Technical Secondary School
Under the direction of Kjaer Neletia Pedersen
Maple Ridge Artist in Residence 2010

Stories Associated

Kjaer was Artist In Residence for the past number of years, working closely with The ACT Arts Centre in Maple Ridge until September 2013.

She is a teacher and has taught from Grade 1 to 12 and is most interested in being an Elementary School art instructer. Kjaer is inspirational in teaching students at all grade levels, and recently at the University level through the AP program. Many successful students have earned University credit in three separate courses working with Kjaer ... Drawing / 2D / and 3D.

Kjaer received the Muse Award in Mission as Visual Artist and has a local home business but she missed working with young people, and missed teaching ART.

Through the Maple Ridge Arts Centre, and as the Artist In Residence, she has returned to teaching elementary school art and absolutely loving it!

"Creativity is contagious, pass it on" - as quoted by Albert Einstein - and I intend to pass it on. I will be donating a portion of my fees to the Arts Centre in the city I work in. I will suggest that they might want to use this donation in their many art courses as a gift to a young person who may not be able to easily afford a class, and/or to add this money to their Scholarship Fund to support a graduating art student in our community. Remember to check your local Arts Centre for their art classes.
~ Kjaer Neletia Pedersen
“The Sun can symbolize power, personal dignity, leadership, selfhood, eternal renewal and creativeness, so it is a perfect image to serve as a welcome to a place of recreation, health and enjoyment.”

~ Kjaer Neletia Pedersen